Harley Quinn – DC Superhero Girls 18″ Action Pose Doll

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I’ve had my eye on the DC superhero girl dolls ever since they debuted.  Any doll that is fully articulated immediately has my interest, and these are also superheroes! Best of all they’re non-sexualized, strong-looking girls!  I’m not a big fan of DC in general, but I am kind of a sucker for the Gotham City characters, especially Harley Quinn.  I know everybody and their sister is into Harley nowadays, but she’s seriously a great character.

There have been so many times I’ve looked at these dolls in the store, but they just haven’t been compelling enough to justify spending the money and adding to an already massive doll collection.  …but then Toys ‘R Us went out of business and I convinced myself it was a good enough sale and I went for the big one.

For the price I paid I’m pretty happy with the doll, though it does feel like they cheaped out on a lot of details which is very noticeable on a toy this size.  The articulation is good though, and her hair is nice, and she’s ripe for customizing; plus, the novelty of a doll this size makes it fun, and she’ll be easy to sew for.

Harley in box

The packaging gets a thumbs up; the graphic design definitely has a superhero comic book feel.  The interior display is a simple cityscape with some 3 dimensional buildings to one side; it would make a super-cute photo backdrop except that there’s plastic pieces glued to it that the doll is attached to.

A little comic-y box at the top says, “Position her in powerful superhero poses!”  It’s always exciting to see toys marketed toward girls that use the word “powerful.”

Deboxing was kind of a pain in the butt; the doll is laying in that molded plastic piece to which she is attached by a bunch of tiny plastic tabs which are also hot-glued to the back of the cardboard.  They *really* didn’t want anyone stealing anything.

 

 

So here she is fresh out of the box.  There is a stand included but she actually stands pretty well on her own with those big chunky shoes on.  This is a big damn doll and while she’s definitely hefty compared to a 12″ fashion doll, she doesn’t really weigh as much as you might expect.  I don’t feel that she’s so lightweight as to feel cheap, as I saw someone else complain online though..

I ran out of steam during the photoshoot and didn’t take a lot of clothed pics of this doll, so have a lovely stock image showing her at her best:

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The outfit on this larger doll is a slightly more “deluxe” version of the smaller signature doll, with glitter details on the shirt, shiny fabric on the shorts, and actual tights instead of colored plastic legs.  It was the tights that really sold me on getting the large version of this doll; versatility in restyling is almost as important as articulation, amirite?

 

 

Shirt: I hate the glitter; it makes the shirt unpleasantly stiff and it’s going to shed like a boss, especially the stuff on the sleeves.  Also, y’all coulda put the velcro on the front and made it look more like an actual button-down shirt.  The one thing that did delight me is that the collar fabric is black-on-black diamonds – this is the kind of subtle detail I’m here for.  There’s also a crotch strap that keeps the shirt from riding up out of the waistband of the shorts, which I appreciate.

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Not much to say about the shorts/leggings, though according to the box photos apparently the leggings were originally supposed to be shimmery (and I’m so glad they’re not):

Shoes:  WTF Jakks?  This doll is like twice as big as the regular ones, but these shoes actually have *less* sculpted detail, and the one color of paint that’s on them is heinously sloppy.  Also, on a doll this big there is no excuse for molded socks attached to the shoes, especially when they’re loose around the ankles and you’re not even going to give them the charming card suit detail that the smaller doll’s has.

These are frankly uglier and less fashionable shoes, with a bad paint job.  I hate them, but not sure what to do since finding shoes for a doll this size isn’t going to be easy.

 

 

(Photo on right from DollyPanic!’s review)

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Accessories:  Along with the clothes and shoes, the doll comes with a rubber villain hero mask, a spiked bracelet, and Harley’s requisite cartoony hammer.

The mask fits well, conforming snugly to her face.  It attaches like a belt at the back of her head:

Another reason I picked the large version of this doll was the hands; both of the small doll’s hands are curled to hold her hammer, whereas the big doll has one curled hand and one flat hand. They are removable to make dressing/undressing easier and so that you can remove the bracelet.

AGAIN, the bracelet is less detailed than the one on the smaller doll (photo on right is from Christina Articulates’ review).

 

 

The hammer.  *sigh*  It’s so small!  Harley’s hammer is supposed to be as cartoonishly large and ridiculous as her personality.  With this thing she just looks like she’s gonna bop some weasels at a carnival game.  I mean, just look at the box art – that hammer is three times the size of Harley’s head but the actual plastic accessory is maybe half the size of the dolls’ head.

What’s really sad is this little-ass hammer is probably the most detailed thing about the doll; which would be great – if it was about 5 times bigger.

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Now that we’ve looked at the clothing and accessories, lets’ talk about the doll itself.

 

 

AGAIN, this big doll is somehow less detailed than the smaller ones, which have more sculpted muscle tone.  Seeing as how that’s one of the things I liked about this line of toys, it’s super disappointing to be missing that on this large version.  (See comparison pics in RequiemArt’s review here, and if you scroll back up to the pics of the bracelets you can see the difference in the sculpting of the forearms.)

This doll actually has a torso joint, which is one of the things that initially excited me, as that’s something you don’t often see on fashion dolls; I love the extra life it gives to poses.  The joint is less elegantly done on the big doll than the small ones unfortunately, but it still serves it’s purpose mostly.

Here are some pics that show the range of motion in the torso:

 

 

Moves side to side a bit, backwards quite a lot, and really doesn’t bend forward at all.

The movement in the rest of the joints is pretty good.  She can touch her face with both hands…

 

 

…and do some pretty extreme side splits..

 

 

..but backwards movement of her legs is limited…

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Like, her thigh literally will not go backwards any farther.

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A cool thing about this line of dolls is the flat feet!  I frickin hate that all fashion doll feet are made for high heels, even on dolls that are meant to be child-aged.  So, it’s really refreshing that the Superhero Girls have normal, flat feet.

Unfortunately, this doll’s feet aren’t quite actually flat, so she will never stand on her own without shoes..

The seams on the body are a bit messy, with some places looking not quite connected, and my doll also has a blackened finger for some reason, like there was some kind of residue in the mold when they made her:

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Though of course one would hope for better, these are the sort of random flaws I generally expect from a playline doll, though unfortunately they’re a little more glaring than usual since this doll is so large.

Like so many aspects of this toy, her face is actually LESS detailed than the smaller version of the doll, and if I didn’t have aspirations of repainting, it would have kept me from buying this doll, sale or no sale.  (Image on right of signature Harley is from DollyPanic!’s review)

 

 

It would be a cheap-looking but ok faceup on a doll half the size, but for a doll this big it’s just bad.  The eyes are huge and round and flat-looking, and they look particularly stupid with the mask, imo, especially compared to the image on the box:

 

 

There’s just no life or personality in these faceups; even the signature dolls seem kind of soulless to me, which is one more reason I haven’t been tempted to buy any before this.

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Her hair is cute though, very well-rooted and it looked pretty good out of the box, though the longer side-bangs are extremely stiff with gel.  The hair is one of the best things about this doll, actually.

Comparing Harley to the Madame Alexander fangirl dolls – which are the closest thing that comes to my mind, being larger and fancier than the average fashion doll, not to mention superhero themed – I’d say they’re pretty comparable in quality-for-price value.  The fangirl dolls have rooted eyelashes and a few more details in their accoutrement, but really they’re not hugely better for costing an additional $20 or whatever.  Maybe that says more about the Madame Alexander dolls though than the DC Superhero Girls 18″ Action Pose Harley Quinn doll.

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Overall..

Harley is such a fun character and this doll just doesn’t really do her justice.  The vacuous stare and overall lack of detail are almost but not really made up for by the level of articulation, nice hair, and customization possibilities.  I’m not mad about owning this doll and I’ll have some fun with her, but I’m left feeling unimpressed, gypped, a little insulted and a little angry. It feels like Jakks cheaped out on a lot of aspects of this doll, especially when you compare it to the original smaller version.  For the mark-up in price, I just feel that that’s unforgiveable.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn
    Aug 08, 2018 @ 05:37:45

    Geat description of this doll and appreciate it.

    Reply

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